The Gospel reading (Mark 6:1-13) for this week is two separate stories in one. Mark 6:1-6 has to do with belief and unbelief, and the recognition of Jesus' authority. Mark 6:7-13 has to do with the call of the disciples and the proclamation of the Gospel. Both stories have to do with the acceptance or rejection of Christ. Because there is such a great need to share the Gospel in our daily lives, the second story (Mark 6:7-13) usually takes precedence. To be a follower of Christ Jesus means we are commissioned to invite family and friends to develop a mature relationship with Christ in their daily lives. God is actively at work inviting people to join his eternal family and wants us to help him in extending that invitation. There are people in our lives who will readily and strongly reject any relationship with Christ, says this Gospel (v. 11). However, there are also others, people God has placed in our lives, who will accept Christ and the Kingdom, says this Gospel (v. 13). It is not that we can "make" anyone believe in Christ; that's the sole work of the Holy Spirit. And yet, Christ does expect us to invite our family and friends to experience a new life with Christ in their daily lives. This Gospel calls us to regularly invite our family and friends to a more meaningful relationship with Christ. Can we do that? Will we do that? What is it that keeps us from sharing the Gospel with family and friends?